Farmington’s Arts Institute of Western Maine, Bethel’s Mahoosuc Arts Council and Kingfield Pops have been awarded grant funding by the Onion Foundation of Winthrop and the Davis Family Foundation of Falmouth to bring to western Maine the New York based piano and percussion duo, Synchronicity, for a series of concerts and school appearances and workshops in Farmington and Bethel March 31 through April 5.

The duo, formed in 1997 by brothers Garah and Gregory Landes, has developed a national reputation for performing varied works of classical, jazz and contemporary music in their own piano and percussion arrangements, and for teaching and performing in schools and colleges to inspire students with a new understanding of music from the perspective of listening and performing.

In Farmington, they will perform a concert Sunday, April 3, at Mount Blue High School’s Bjorn Auditorium, and will do assembly programs and workshops for students from elementary, middle and high schools in Farmington, New Sharon, Kingfield, Phillips and Strong, and the University of Maine in Farmington. In Bethel, they will perform for Bethel students at Telstar High School and will perform a public concert at Gould Academy.

The Landes brothers grew up in New York, completed graduate studies at the Manhattan Music School and Juilliard Conservatory, and have won recognition for performing and teaching in New York City, New Jersey and California, with appearances at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Massachusetts, the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine, the Moab Music Festival in Utah, and the Sienna Chamber Music Festival in Italy.

The Arts Institute of Western Maine, Mahoosuc Arts Council, and Kingfield Pops previously collaborated in the February 2013 visit by the Bonifantes Boys Choir from the Czech Republic.

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